TCU left-hander Matt Purke has been diagnosed with bursitis in his shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, which actually qualifies as good news after the projected top-10 draft pick was shut down last week.
Purke lost out on millions of dollars when he failed to sign with the Rangers coming out of high school as the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, but prior to the shoulder injury he was dominating enough this season to move up even higher in June’s draft.
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that Purke may be cleared to resume throwing from flat ground as soon as next week and could return to game action in time to make multiple starts before the beginning of the conference tournament on May 24.
How he fares upon returning will obviously go a long way toward determining his draft position, but for now at least it sounds like Purke has avoided anything serious.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.